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INRA pays tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks of 13 November 2015 in Paris

National solidarity, solidarity with the families and friends of the students, researchers and teachers who were victims of the acts of terrorism of 13 November 2015: INRA, in memory of the victims, takes part in the national minute of silence. Tribute by François Houllier, President of INRA.

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Updated on 11/20/2015
Published on 11/16/2015

"Dear Colleagues,

After the terrorist attacks of last January, our country is going through a new ordeal which reminds us that the threat of terrorism has become permanent.

We know, today, that the higher education and research community has been affected: the French minister of state for research, Thierry Mandon, has announced that students, researchers and teachers are among the victims.
We are still not in a situation to know whether some of our colleagues have lost loved ones. I hope that this is not the case. We are of course all concerned.

Pay tribute. Express our determination not to give in.

The President of the Republic has decreed national mourning. We are gathered here to share our emotion. We are here to pay tribute to the victims and express thoughts for their families. And to express our determination not to give in.

The messages which we have been receiving since Friday evening from friends and colleagues abroad, testify to their solidarity and their commitment to the humanistic values which are ours. They are all the more precious since several come from countries which have been subject or are still subject to terrorist attacks.

Following the proclamation of the state of emergency, the instructions already in place may be modified or reinforced depending on the site. Whatever the case, I ask you to respect them.

At the same time, we must pursue our activities, our research, our experiments, our partnerships, maintaining these links with other countries which make research an open and universal tool. Nothing would be worse that interrupting or stopping them: that would be giving in.

Some of you are wondering about cancelling planned meetings, juries or trips. In the strict framework of security considerations and in respect of emotion, they can be maintained.
On our scale, we will defeat terrorism by living as we want to."

François Houllier, President of INRA

Speech by INRA President and minute of silence observed at INRA Head Office in Paris in tribute to the victims of the attacks of 13 November 2015 in Paris. © INRA, Christophe Maître
Speech by INRA President and minute of silence observed at INRA Head Office in Paris in tribute to the victims of the attacks of 13 November 2015 in Paris © INRA, Christophe Maître